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Republicans Outline Plan to Eliminate Health Care for Millions


It's a strategic document appropriately timed to help Republicans who might face constituents at town halls angry and anxious about losing their health insurance amid their stalled effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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"I'm not just voting for partial repeal", Paul declared.

Andy Farmer, ARRP associate state director for community outreach, will discuss connections between the future of Medicare and the ACA.

Congressional Republicans are so mixed up about what to do on health care that they can't even agree on whether the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion ― which a number of GOP governors adopted in their states ― should go away, along with the rest of the law. "You call up doctors and ask the price... if you create a real marketplace, you drive prices down". That bill would phase out the Medicaid expansion over the course of two years. But repealing the ACA would mean a huge tax windfall for the richest Americans: $33,000 a year for the top 1 percent, while increasing taxes on the middle class. Yet public exchange plans turned out to be fairly expensive and thus failed to attract as many enrollees as expected. Currently, there's an expectation on the Hill that conservatives in the House will demand that any Obamacare repeal bill also cut off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood. The House speaker trekked across the Capitol to reassure senators that lawmakers are making more progress toward repealing the health care law than the media are reporting.

"We've begun preparing to repeal and replace Obamacare", he said.

"The insurance companies need to know what the lay of the land is going to look like in 2018, and if we waited to end Obamacare in the summer, you would have people with zero [exchange] plans left", the Wisconsin Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

Committee Co-Chairman Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, acknowledged that CT doesn't have authority over health insurance plans at most large employers, so the free benefits would only continue in about 45 percent of the private market.

"This is the replacement plan we want to not only promote, but to debate and hopefully fine-tune to make sure that we meet the needs for Americans", Freedom Caucus Chairman Meadows told reporters Wednesday.

Recall that back in 2009, the original Obamacare legislation was almost derailed late by a group of pro-life Democrats led by then-Rep. "My goal is just to keep people interested in their local representatives, keep them aware of that and keep the dialogue open with their local representatives", he told NPR. As Senator Chuck Schumer of NY said, "Millions of Americans would be kicked off their plans, out of pocket costs and deductibles for consumers would sky-rocket and protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer, would be gutted.".

The proposals provides a transition period, though not defined, for states that did expand Medicaid.

"There seems to be a coalescing around principles; I don't think it's gotten deep in the weeds about what it will actually include yet", Sanford in an interview.

Block grants would give states a fixed amount of federal dollars each year to run Medicaid.

She appeared to take a page out of the book of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who said frequently during his own confirmation hearing that he supported access to care but declined to provide specifics about reforms he may usher through. While Medicaid now guarantees health care coverage for poor and disabled people, Ryan and others are promoting a plan to convert the half-century old entitlement to block grants to the states, placing a fixed cap on how much to spend and giving states more latitude to tighten eligibility requirements.